All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaeChaetostoma

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Scientific Name Chaetostoma vagum  Fowler, 1943
Common Name
Type Locality Río Orteguasa, Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia.
Pronunciation KATE oh STOW mah
Etymology Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 99mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Chaetostoma is not straightforward to identify, but as a general rule, the species has spines behind the gill-cover (interopercular odontodes), no plates on the abdomen, and aside from C. platyrhynchus also lack plates on the snout edge. Different from Ancistrus by not having fleshy tentacles on the snout.
Sexing The males have however a larger and broader head, slimmer ventral sides and disproportionately large pelvic fins. Perhaps the over-sized pelvic fins play a large role in the fertilization of the eggs. By inverting these over the clutch of eggs, they prevent the sperm cells being carried away by fast water current.
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Distribution South America: Orteguaza River basin in the upper Japurá River drainage, Colombia.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Japurá, Caquetá, Upper Caquetá, Orteguaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Furniture Well rounded stones stacked to replicate a river bottom and provide caves.
Breeding Spawns in shallow, fast flowing water on the underneath of a flat object. Male, upside down, guards an adhesive clutch of eggs by, more or less, covering it with his body.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 95, pp 258, Figs. 52-55.
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Last Update 2015 Dec 10 12:45 (species record created: 2015 Dec 09 15:38)